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Grace, Faith, Hope, Love, Believe – Definitions – Religions

It amazes me how many people dispute the fact that Jesus was the son of God, or the fact of Jesus being the messiah period. It honestly astonishes me on a personal level how we, as a society, have a dictionary of words, based on blindness and “feelings”, yet where did these come from? They are all words from the Bible. The most sold book in the world! 3.9 billion copies sold; this is not inclusive of the number given away. Does that not make a statement?

The words and their definitive meanings:

Grace ( appears 170 times between the Old Testament and the New Testament KJV)

  1. Simple elegance or refinement of movement.
  2. Courteous goodwill.
  3. (in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.
  4. A period officially allowed for payment of a sum due or for compliance with a law or condition, especially an extended period granted as a special favor.

 Faith (appears 247 times in 231 verses in the Bible)

  1. Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
  2. Strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.

HOPE (appears 182 times between the New and Old Testament)

  1. A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
  2. A feeling of trust.
  3. Want something to happen or be the case.

Love (appears between 310-551 in all Bible versions) i.e.: NIV – King James)

  1. An intense feeling of deep affection.
  2. A great interest and pleasure in something.
  3. Feel deep affection for (someone).
  4. Like or enjoy very much.

Belief/ Believe (appears 249 times in the Bible)

  1. An acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists.
  2. Trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something.

Shall we go on? Let’s just take a glimpse into the meaning of what a Christian/ Christianity is if you are up for it.

What is a Christian? (Jesus Christ is mentioned in the New Testament 983 times – KJV version and in the Old Testament there are 8-10 times)  

  1. Relating to or professing Christianity or its teachings.
  2. A person who has received Christian baptism or is a believer in Christianity.

Christianity is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Its adherents, known as Christians, believe that Jesus is the Christ, whose coming as the Messiah was prophesied in the Hebrew Bible, called the Old Testament in Christianity, and chronicled in the New Testament. It is the world’s largest religion with about 2.4 billion followers.

Who is Jesus?

Jesus (c. 4 BC – c. AD 30 / 33), also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth and Jesus Christ, was a first-century Jewish preacher and religious leader. He is the central figure of Christianity.

Who is Jesus Christ and what is his mission to the world?

(https://www.studymode.com/essays/Who-Is-Jesus-Christ-And-What-444211.html)

 Jesus came to deliver truth in a world of false beliefs. Our greatest need is a spiritual need, which we cannot fulfill with the gain in this life such as profits or pleasure. His mission was to change our way of thinking so that we would know the love of God. He came driven by an immense love to suffer for us.

Religion

World Religion Database (Brill, 2008) The World Religion Database (WRD), edited by Todd Johnson and Brian Grim, contains detailed statistics on religious affiliation for every country in the world. It is the major source to render a definitive picture of international religious demography.

(worldchristianresearch.org/projects-publications/wcd-wrd/)

2013-03-157-bar-chart

Religions

  • Atheists
  • Agnostics
  • Bahais
  • Buddhists
  • Chinese folk-religionists
  • Christians
  • Confucianists
  • Daoists
  • Ethnoreligionists
  • Hindus
  • Jains
  • Jews
  • Muslims
  • New Religionists
  • Shintoists
  • Sikhs
  • Spiritists
  • Zoroastrians

 

Major Religions of the World
Ranked by Number of Adherents

 

 (Sizes shown are approximate estimates and are here mainly to order the groups, not providing a definitive number. This list is sociological/statistical in perspective 2005 (https://web.archive.org/web/20200303175810/https://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adherents.html.)
  1. Christianity: 2.1 billion
  2. Islam: 1.5 billion
  3. Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist: 1.1 billion
  4. Hinduism: 900 million
  5. Chinese traditional religion: 394 million
  6. Buddhism: 376 million
  7. primal-indigenous: 300 million
  8. African Traditional & Diasporic: 100 million
  9. Sikhism: 23 million
  10. Juche: 19 million
  11. Spiritism: 15 million
  12. Judaism: 14 million
  13. Baha’i: 7 million
  14. Jainism: 4.2 million
  15. Shinto: 4 million
  16. Cao Dai: 4 million
  17. Zoroastrianism: 2.6 million
  18. Tenrikyo: 2 million
  19. Neo-Paganism: 1 million
  20. Unitarian-Universalism: 800 thousand
  21. Rastafarianism: 600 thousand
  22. Scientology: 500 thousand

Religions_world_map

Why are Christians the most persecuted?

  1. Jesus is the competition!
  2. Christians oppose violence, exploitation of the poor, and corruption.
  3. Jesus, himself, was persecuted.
  4. Christians are against Satan!
  5. Christians have an allegiance with someone who is not of this world, that person is God!
  6. Christians share the gospel.

Because of their sheer numbers around the globe, including the Muslim world, Christians are the most likely targets of Islamic intolerance; because sharing the Gospel, or “witnessing,” is a dominant element of Christianity, Christians are most likely to fall afoul of Islam’s blasphemy and proselytism laws, as even the barest pro-Christian talk is by necessity a challenge to the legitimacy of Islam; because most Muslims who apostatize to other religions convert to Christianity, it is as Christians that they suffer persecution; and because boldness in face of certain death-martyrdom, dying for the faith-is as old as Christianity itself, Christians are especially prone to defy Islam’s anti-freedom laws, whether by openly proclaiming Christianity or by refusing to recant it and so they die for it.

Exert from https://www.christianpost.com/news/why-are-christians-the-worlds-most-persecuted-group-115410/

ReligionPIE

I am simply viewing and discussing information by which I have researched. Religion is quite fascinating. Beliefs are quite fascinating. Science is fascinating. Spirituality is very fascinating.

I do know everyone believes in something, beliefs differ, there always seems to be a debate. How you personally choose to perceive the Bible and you choose to worship is your decision. As for me, I will choose Jesus!

Additional References

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/christianity-most-persecuted-religion_b_2402644

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/stories/5-reasons-people-persecute-christians/

https://www.ignitumtoday.com/2014/08/10/7-reasons-christianity-persecuted-religion-world/

https://www.reference.com/world-view/many-copies-bible-sold-e9696e587c3244b6

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